Makemake was named after a Polynesian creator of humanity and god of fertility. Mike Brown choose this name because of its Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. Before it was named Makemake pronounced "maki-maki", it was called Easterbunny among astronomers that were observing it because it was discovered a few days after Easter in 2005. It was one of the celestial bodies, along with Eris and 2003EL61, that caused the question "what is a planet."

Makemake diameter is 1,300 and 1,900 km about 808 to 1,181 miles with an orbit of 310 years. Its temperature is - 240° C (-406° F), close to Sedna's. It is the second brightest trans-neptunian object known after Pluto. It can be seen using high-end amateur telescope since Makemake has an magnitude of 16.5. It is currently lies at 52 AU, and can be seen in the constellation Coma Berenices. It's surface is reddish like Sedna, surface cloaked in large amounts of nearly pure frozen methane, and smaller than both Pluto and Eris. Makemake is currently near its aphelion at a distance of 4.8 billion miles. It will reach true aphelion in 2033. Makemake has no moon. It is the third largest dwarf planet.


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